Oct. 25, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane women's tennis team rolled up several solid performances at the 2013 ITA/Southern Regionals, which was highlighted by impressive singles runs from senior Klara Vyskocilova and sophomores Ipek Birol, Jacqui Katz and Meredith Maltby, while Vyskocilova and Birol teamed up for a nice doubles run at the Yarbrough Tennis Center in Auburn, Ala.
Vyskocilova, the fourth-seeded singles player, won two matches before falling on the Round of 16. She downed Alabama's Carmen Blanco, 6-1, 6-2, in her opening match and then won a three-set, 6-2, 0-6, 6-3, decision over Marta Sramkova of Louisiana Tech. Vyskocilova saw her run come to an end with a, 6-2, 6-2, loss to Samford's Stephanie N'tcha.
Birol dropped her first singles match to Sophie Rufyikiri of ULM, 6-3, 6-2, but quickly rebounded with a solid effort in the consolation bracket. Birol topped South Alabama's Laura Valkova, 6-0, 6-1, in the first match and then came up with a, 6-1, 7-5, win over Samford's Kristin Lewis. Birol continued her winning ways in the quarterfinal round with a, 6-2, 6-2, win over Auburn's Paula de Man before being derailed by Auburn's Reka Muller, 6-1, 6-4, in the semifinals.
Like Birol, Katz found herself on the short end of the stick following a, 6-1, 6-2, loss to Alabama's second-seeded Mary Anne Daines, but came alive in the consolation bracket. Katz bested Samford's Jessica Northcutt, 6-3, 6-3, in her opening match and got passed LSU's Skylar Holloway, 6-7, 6-2, 1-0 (9), in the second round. However, Katz came up short to Mississippi State's Alexandra Perper, 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (8).
Maltby marched into the Singles B quarterfinals before bowing out. After an injury to her first opponent advanced her to the round of 16, she opened with a, 6-1, 6-3, win over Nicholls State's Klara Skopac to move into the quarters. But she dropped a three-set, 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (7) decision to South Alabama's Mary-Angela Martin.
In doubles, Vyskocilova and Birol, the fifth-seeded duo, came up with an 8-1 victory over the Nicholls State tandem of Skopac and Marie Aubert and then downed ULM's Rufyikiri and Petra Horakova, 8-4. Vyskocilova and Birol fell to Auburn's Emily Flickinger and Pleun Burgmans, 8-3, in the semifinal round.
"I am honestly both happy and disappointed with our results at this year's regional tournament," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "We had several chances to continue to advance in both the main and back draws but didn't execute as best we could. But, I feel we played very physical tennis and did create those opportunities but just didn't close them out. We won lots of matches and did several things well but we are still a work in progress and that's the one thing I'm most excited about."
Tulane will return to action when it closes out the fall portion of its schedule at the Roberta Allison Fall Classic, Nov. 1-3, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.